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I have also seen these types of comments many times.

Since the "upvote" buttons tend to be more easily understood than the checkmark (i.e. most users who comment "How do I accept?" also mention that they have attempted to upvote, as in the screenshot above), I would recommend the following solution be implemented:

When a user who doesn't have sufficient reputation to upvote clicks the upvote button on an answer to a question he has asked, the popup message should educate him about answer acceptance.When a user who doesn't have sufficient reputation to upvote clicks the upvote button on an answer to a question he has asked, the popup message should educate him about answer acceptance.

The exact wording of the popup message could be discussed but something like (in very rough form): "Once you reach 15 reputation you will be able to upvote. However—if this answer solved your problem or answered your question fully, consider accepting it by clicking the checkmark." Something like that.

The point is that it would be triggered by a low-rep question author clicking the upvote button on an answer they've received.

Or does that exist already?

I have also seen these types of comments many times.

Since the "upvote" buttons tend to be more easily understood than the checkmark (i.e. most users who comment "How do I accept?" also mention that they have attempted to upvote, as in the screenshot above), I would recommend the following solution be implemented:

When a user who doesn't have sufficient reputation to upvote clicks the upvote button on an answer to a question he has asked, the popup message should educate him about answer acceptance.

The exact wording of the popup message could be discussed but something like (in very rough form): "Once you reach 15 reputation you will be able to upvote. However—if this answer solved your problem or answered your question fully, consider accepting it by clicking the checkmark." Something like that.

The point is that it would be triggered by a low-rep question author clicking the upvote button on an answer they've received.

Or does that exist already?

I have also seen these types of comments many times.

Since the "upvote" buttons tend to be more easily understood than the checkmark (i.e. most users who comment "How do I accept?" also mention that they have attempted to upvote, as in the screenshot above), I would recommend the following solution be implemented:

When a user who doesn't have sufficient reputation to upvote clicks the upvote button on an answer to a question he has asked, the popup message should educate him about answer acceptance.

The exact wording of the popup message could be discussed but something like (in very rough form): "Once you reach 15 reputation you will be able to upvote. However—if this answer solved your problem or answered your question fully, consider accepting it by clicking the checkmark." Something like that.

The point is that it would be triggered by a low-rep question author clicking the upvote button on an answer they've received.

Or does that exist already?

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I have also seen these types of comments many times.

Since the "upvote" buttons tend to be more easily understood than the checkmark (i.e. most users who comment "How do I accept?" also mention that they have attempted to upvote, as in the screenshot above), I would recommend the following solution be implemented:

When a user who doesn't have sufficient reputation to upvote clicks the upvote button on an answer to a question he has asked, the popup message should educate him about answer acceptance.

The exact wording of the popup message could be discussed but something like (in very rough form): "Once you reach 15 reputation you will be able to upvote. However—if this answer solved your problem or answered your question fully, consider accepting it by clicking the checkmark." Something like that.

The point is that it would be triggered by a low-rep question author clicking the upvote button on an answer they've received.

Or does that exist already?